Irving Penn - Photographs London Wednesday, May 16, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galleria Photology, Milan

  • Literature

    J. Szarkowski, Irving Penn, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1984, pl. 116
    J. Szarkowski, Irving Penn Still Life, London: Thames & Hudson, 2001, n.p.

  • Artist Biography

    Irving Penn

    American • 1917 - 2009

    Arresting portraits, exquisite flowers, luscious food and glamorous models populate Irving Penn's meticulously rendered, masterful prints. Penn employed the elegant simplicity of a gray or white backdrop to pose his subjects, be it a model in the latest Parisian fashion, a famous subject or veiled women in Morocco.

    Irving Penn's distinct aesthetic transformed twentieth-century elegance and style, with each brilliant composition beautifully articulating his subjects. Working across several photographic mediums, Penn was a master printmaker. Regardless of the subject, each and every piece is rendered with supreme beauty. 

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Cigarette No. 123, New York

Platinum palladium print, printed 1975.
58.5 × 46.7 cm (23 × 18 3/8 in)
Signed, dated, numbered 5/19, annotated 'Print made Fall 1975' in pencil and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the reverse of the flush-mount.

£18,000 - 22,000 


17 May 2012